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in posterity hall between signers hall and the main exhibit area on lincoln that i hope you'll get to take a look at sometime in the coming weeks. it's obligatory for a person sitting in this chair to praise the author and to praise his book and ethically i think anyone who agrees to perform my role as interlocutor has to genuinely believe that. and that other occasions in which i've done this, i have done this. but this really is an occasion in which i want to go a little bit over the top because i do think adam is a very special that historian and this is a very, very special book. as steve described adam's career, he really has been at a remarkably early age a very important public intellectual. speaking to a wide audience about a wide variety of subjects since -- i think since he graduated from harvard not that long ago. and now he hasunder taken -- it's hard to believe -- by the way, i have a really copy of my book in my hand because the publisher bound galley proofs. >> that's what an author likes to say, a really ragged copy. >> but it's dog-eared so i think i read it. [laughter] >>
but she had a consoling secret: the dead still lived. mary lincoln: i want to tell you, emilie, that one may not be wholly without comfort when our loved ones leave us. if willie did not come to comfort me, i would still be drowned in tears. he lives, emilie. he comes to me every night and stands at the foot of my bed with the same sweet, adorable smile he always had. he does not always come alone. little eddie is sometimes with him. "sister mary's eyes were wide and shining when she told me this," emilie wrote. "it is unnatural and abnormal. it frightens me." lincoln convinced emilie to stay on as long as she could. he was frightened, too. they continued to avoid talking about the war. it was the children-- emilie's daughter catherine and the lincolns' son tad-- who broke the silence. mary genevieve murphy: she and tad were on the sitting room floor looking at a magazine and tad said... there was a picture of lincoln... he said, "oh, here's the president." and catherine said, "no, that's not the president; jeff davis is president." and tad jumped up and down and said, "no, lin
writes, in the our new "the best of the civil war" abraham lincoln told the council he was greatly disturbed by the state of the affairs. treasury nearly exhausted, public credit was evaporating, congress was full of jack up ins he said, congress was perilless, they spent more time fighting each other than the confederates. in the missouri, than in the east, george mcclellen was sick in bed with typhoid fever. his army stall mated, inspiring the comment, if general mcclellen did not want to use the army, maybe he could borrow it. for a while. if something was not done soon, lincoln con fided the billion would be out. 1862 could have been the worse year. before it was over, they got better than worse than better, than worse. before the disasters, abraham lincoln did nothing less than transfer the war for union into the union for freedom. that was a pretty breathtaking turn of events. we wanted to explore that year today with an emphasis on the extraordinary battle of antedum that did so much to transform america in many ways. let's go back a couple of days before the battle. septemb
, the best of battles and leaders of the civil war. abraham lincoln was, as he told the council of generals that he convened at the white house, greatly disturbed by the state of affairs. the treasury was nearly exhausted. public credit was operating. congress was full of jack depends, as he said. foreign relations were perilous. spending more time fighting each other than the confederates in missouri and these. the general was sick in bed with typhoid fever, incommunicado. the army still make is inspiring his famous comment. if general mcclellan did not want to use the army may be can bar for a while. if something was not done send he confided the bottom would be out of the whole affair. 1862 may have been in no way the most dizzying year of the war. before it was over the in that better than worse than better than worse. within its roller-coaster of triumph and disaster abraham lincoln did nothing less then transformed the war for union into a war for union freedom. that was a pretty breathtaking turn of events. we wanted to exploit that here today with an emphasis on the extraordinary ba
of that -- that he would have a secession on his hands and, of course, that is what happened later under lincoln. but there's always been this fear for many years in the united states that the south, if it was forced to accept the end of slavery and later desegregation and equality would cause problems for a president's agenda if that agenda was not supported in the south to begin with. the race issues would complicate for presidents and they let it go, unfortunately. >> host: to this day nobody will let it go. when you look at contemporary presidents, our democratic presidents, carter, clinton have come from the south and while both of them were seen to be at least somewhat progressive i was intrigued by your comment that thurgood marshall made about jimmy carter. >> guest: right. >> host: he said president jimmy carter, your heart is in the about right place and that's about all. >> guest: it's interesting that a southern presidents recently, president carter, president clinton, the father was a father from texas although his roots were in maine and up north and president bush the son lived in
words. >> the collection with the most star power is that of our 16th president. >> the lincoln collection has about 10 volumes before he got to washington. it is the heart of the lincoln written record. we have the first and second gettysburg addresses, the reading copy that's here along with the john hay copy. the second inaugural and second inaugural are both here. the fair weal address at springfield, an impromptu speech he tried to rewrite on a moving train is here. >> and the emancipation prock clamation. the library of congress houses lincoln's final draft. but on a more personal basis, die irs -- dirists who had accessed to the lincoln family left firsthand accounts of his death. >> in the assassination, where the family was so stricken and when they get back to the white house, the scene is horrific. >> oh, fatal day, oh noble victim, treason has done its worst. the president has been assassinated. is it possible? >> everybody is in tears. a dirist records that. >> when they reach the president's house, tad met them on the portico, where is my pa? where is my pa? he kep
of people who worked for president lincoln who actually gave interviews in the limited way at the time. but a very fascinating. and i think the more we know about this them, the more insights we get into president lincoln. there was a seamstress that was close to the lincolns. and there was a valet named william slade who was a particular interest to historians. we don't really know a great deal about him. but lincoln trusted william slade so much as a man who was close to public opinion. more than lincoln's advisors. we could actually run his speeches by william slade. he ran the gettysburg address before him. they spent the night going over the speech. and lincoln basically gave the speech to william and got feedback. it's very interesting this was an african-american, former slave who the president valued so much because he felt -- the president felt he understood the country so well. if it made sense and resonated with william slade, he felt it would resonate with everyday americans. it was a very fascinating relationship. that's the kind of thing you could pick up. >> host: let's
lincoln took office march the 4th. confederates fired on fort sumter april 12th. lincoln called out the troops, virginia finally decided to get off the fence, seceded along with north carolina and arkansas just as the secessionists knew they would, and the war was on the way. so in a very real sense the secession of south carolina really is the beginning of the war. but why did south carolina secede? is and, you know, i don't have any ancestors who fought in the war. i wish i did, but i don't. um, my grandfather was from russia, and somebody told me one time they had ancestors that fought in the revolution. i said, i do too, the russian revolution. [laughter] but anyway, well, you know, everybody doesn't have ancestors before the revolution. but why did south carolina secede? you know, a lot of our southern friends, particularly sons of confederate veterans and heritage crowd who i love and i love reenactors, and they're great people, really want secession to be about something other than what it was about. and so this is a debate, you know, that's pretty hot and heavy. um, and that
,he man who assassinated president lincoln. >> we can't lk at john wilkes booth simply as a confederate village, which he was, and confederate conspirator, which he certainly was. but he was also an actor and he had been shaped in this family, the booths, a remarkable clan of shakespearean stars who were themselves shakespearean in thr fractiousness, in their ambition and their rivalries. and they were the crucible that rmed john wilkes booth and that his story as much as it is a story of confederate zealotry, 's an actor's story as wl. >> rose: debate in washington, the "harry potter" phenomenon d john wilkes booth and his family when we continue. every story needs a ro we can all root for. whbeats the odds ancomes out on top. but this isn't just a hollywood storyline. it's happening every day, all across america. every time a storefront opens. or the midnight oil is burned. or when someone chases a dream, not just a dollar. they are sma busine owners. so if you wanna rootfor a real , support small busiss. shop small. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new
of the whole affair. .. the. >> abraham lincoln wired to mclellan destroy the rebel army if possible pro two days later after a battle widely reported in the press, the commander in chief issued no congratulations that i have never seen but a few days later issued the "emancipation proclamation" and suspended writed of habeas corpus began nagging to go into action and wrote to this amazing letter to the quaker leader confiding his belief america was going great a fiery trial and as he had a wide profit -- process and unknown by tonight with the crossroads of freedom from it antietam the battle but changed america with federal turning points, the battle of antietam was up -- pivotal moment of the most crucial of them all and the young napoleon described as the opportunity of a lifetime for the general a union alike that mclellan squandered by using the inner composure and with that the courage to command under the press of combat. strong words of the extraordinary moment and we would like to drill down to the unresolved questions what was lost and what was gained 1862. back of first things se
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the star power -- >> this star power belongs to the 26th president. >> it really is the heart of lincoln because the written record. we have both the first and second gettysburg address is. the first copy is here along with the later copy. the second and first inaugural are brought here. an impromptu streespeech that he tried to write on a train is also here. >> the library of congress houses linking's final draft. but on a more personal basis, but direst like horatio taft left firsthand accounts of linking's--- linkedin's death. it -- lincoln's death. the crux this team is horrific. -- the scene is correct. >> the president has been assassinated. is it possible? >> everybody is in tears. and the writer is almost hysterical. >> when they reach his house, had met them on the portico. where is my poch? he kept repeating it. >> and this diarest and his children were the close friends of lincoln's and his children. this is showing a personal side of the lincoln family. mary todd traveled to get away from the heat and disease and she often took tad and robert when he was with her. this was wr
families, understood that. tavis: what was the view of president lincoln at the time? >> it was very terrible, actually. about four months ago, one of the main editors of "the guardian newspaper," wrote a kind of an apology because he went to the archives and found that they were anti-lincoln. charles francis adams, the american ambassador, he was not so much as anti-lincoln, but he did not believe that the president was up to the job. in europe, it seemed incredible that a man from a lowly background who was self-taught, who had never been abroad, could have the top job in the country. it was alien. it was from another universe. they never thought that he was handling the war well. of course, one of the many great attributes that we assign to lincoln now, we only understand them afterwards, not what people understood at the time. tavis: as the war went on, did the view of lincoln never shift inside england? >> there was a damn alexian conversion -- there was a damasian conversion at the last second, when he was assassinated. why did lincoln handle foreign affairs so badly, not knowi
of the plant world. >> i am amy stewart. i am the arthur of "wicked plants," the weeds that killed lincoln's mother and other botanical atrocities. with the screens fly trap, that is kind of where everybody went initially, you mean like that? i kind of thought, well, all it does is eat up bugs. that is not very wicked. so what? by wicked, what i mean is that they are poisonous, dangerous, deadly or immoral or maybe illegal or offensive or awful in some way. i am in the profession of going around and interviewing botanists, horticulturalists and plant scientists. they all seem to have some little plant tucked away in the corner of a greenhouse that maybe they weren't supposed to have. i got interested in this idea that maybe there was a dark side to plants. >> the white snake root. people who consumed milk or meat from a cow that fed on white snake root faced severe pain. milk sickness, as it was culled, resulted in vomiting, tremors, delirium and death. one of the most famous victims of milk sickness was nancy hangs lincoln. she died at the age of 34, leaving behind 9-year-old abraham linc
hermano. hablo del congresista lincoln dÍaz-balart que me honra con su presencia en "enfoque". [risas] ¿cÓmo estÁs, lincoln? o... ¿cÓmo estÁ, congresista? >>gracias, josÉ, es un placer estar contigo. y sÉ que por tu profesionalismo periodÍstico no hemos podido nunca... josé d.b.: nunca. >>...estar en un programa juntos durante mi carrera como oficial electo. pero bueno, ya dejo el congreso despuÉs de 18 aÑos aqÍi en washington, 24 aÑos en total en posiciones electas. >>lincoln, fÍjate que a mi me han criticado muchas veces... gente me ha dicho: "tÚ, por ser hermano del congresista no puedes ser objetivo". otros me dicen: "oye, el congresista dice y hace cosas, y tÚ no lo cubres. ¿por quÉ? ¿porque es tu hermano?" ha sido difÍcil para mÍ tenerlos a ustedes, porque son dos en el congreso, en el sentido que no los puedo cubrir. a la vez, no tengo problema en criticar la polÍtica de ustedes cuando he tenido que criticarla. para ti, ¿cÓmo ha sido... por ejemplo, tener que lidiar conmigo como periodista? [ríe] ...¿y tÚ como polÍtico? >>no, porque sabemos, mario y
in other places. it was a political compromise. >> between lincoln and fulton and the beach. >> you're saying, why did they decide that exact plot? they brought someone from new york to come up with a park plan. they eventually made it a rectangle. they had the panhandle part. the panhandle was the same with as golden gate park, but there was dealmaking going on between park commissioners and they decided they would buy the land and cut off part of the panhandle. >> the development of lincoln park is interesting. you can see the cemetery. >> on the map, it is a cemetery. >> what happened to that and all of the bodies? >> they decided around the turn of the century the land was too valuable to bury people. where uss is now there were four cemeteries. they moved all of the cemetery's out -- cemeteries out. the heir did not want to move one of the places. there are two people -- two places where people are buried in the city. the other ones were moved out. >> the big scandal of lincoln park, someone wanted to build the legion of honor out there. she did and she got it done. they had to
that we could do that. and that's what lincoln was all about in his mobilizing the north, the civil war, the last best hope that could we survive? because the world was already no noncl. there were no democracies left. and so lincoln was appealing to that dream that we had to keep the hope alive. so i think that's billion part of our history -- been part of our history from the beginning. >> >> so would the founders be counseling patience as we watch these developments take place? be would they be saying, hey, it should be happening quickly or it took us time, and we came out of enlightened tradition. they are not coming out of that tradition, and maybe we should expect this will take a generation or perhaps even longer? >> well, i think some of the founders would be more -- they didn't have a single vision. >> thank you. >> someone like jefferson would be enthusiastic and hopeful. he had a magnanimous view of human nature, and people are naturally good-hearted, he felt, let people just love one another, then everything will work out. hamilton, on the other hand, is very pessimistic, cy
could do that. that is what abraham lincoln was all about and mobilizing has the last best hope. napoleon iii, have the new empire in france. there was no democracy left. so he was appealing to that dream to keep the hope alive. that is part of the history from the beginning. >> host: would the founders be counseling patience? to say this should have been quickly? it took us time, many years years, and we came out to light in the tradition. maybe missed could take a generation or longer? they did not have a single mission mike jefferson would be enthusiastic he had them magnanimous view of human nature and people got rid of the oppressive authoritarian government to the of one another than everything works out but on the other hand, it is very pessimistic and cynical about human nature and he would be pessimistic. to say let's see? the one thing is that it is a prerequisite. but it is the least important part of building a democracy. and rare americans tend to think to solve the problem when you need a civic society and institutions which make up that civic society to make us go
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